August 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, unseeded at the U.S. Open, where she is a two-time winner, upset 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium on Monday in the first round of the tournament by the straightforward score of 6-1, 6-2 in 1 hour, 24 minutes. Williams hasn't gotten past the second round here the past two years after she announced she was suffering from an immune system disease called Sjogren's Syndrome, Wearing a flower-patterned dress and her hair dyed pink to match some of the flowers, Williams played nothing like a lady who was ready to garden.
September 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, seeded fifth, knocked unseeded Serena and Venus Williams out of the U.S. Open women's doubles, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals Friday. Serena Williams, who had first beaten fifth-seeded Li Na of China in a women's singles semifinal, took about an hour break and then went out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium to play doubles with her sister. But it seemed Venus was more tired that Serena. She put many volleys into the net and struggled getting her first serve in. Venus and Serena only play doubles at Grand Slam events and the Olympics and therefore are usually unseeded, yet they've won 13 major titles and three Olympic gold medals together.
January 10, 2014 |
Tennis champ Venus Williams has listed a home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $1.799 million. Set beyond a gated driveway, the midcentury post-and-beam house features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
November 2, 2012 |
Venus Williams was dancing on the court during an exhibition victory in Lagos, Nigeria, over younger sister Serena, who wasn't in nearly as good a mood. The Southern Californian siblings are on a two-nation tour promoting women's rights in Africa, where the elder Williams picked up a 6-4, 7-5 victory on Friday in 91-degree heat on the clay courts of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club. “For me to get a win against Serena, it means 2013 is going to be a great year,” said Venus, who at one point took a moment between games to dance to “Oliver Twist” by Nigerian singer D'banj.
August 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, who announced at the U.S. Open a year ago that she suffered from an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren's Syndrome, a disease that can be strength-sapping, is doing what she promised when she made that announcement. Playing tennis still. Williams, 32, a two-time winner of the U.S. Open, advanced to the second round Tuesday with an authoritative thumping of fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-1. Williams started slowly, losing the first two games of the match, but with many in the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd shouting, "Let's go Venus," Williams picked up her powerful pace.
February 21, 2010 |
Venus Williams successfully defended her Dubai Championships title Saturday, beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 6-3, 7-5, in the final in the United Arab Emirates. Williams broke Azarenka a third time at 5-5 in the second set and served out for her 42nd singles title on the WTA Tour. Williams didn't lose a set, and in the final she lost her serve once against Azarenka, who is ranked No. 6, one spot behind Williams. Williams served well, hitting seven aces and winning 80% of her first serves.
June 16, 2011 |
Venus Williams lost to Daniela Hantuchova , 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in the quarterfinals at Eastbourne, England, on Thursday, exiting a day after her sister, Serena , was defeated but still pleased with her Wimbledon preparation in her return to tennis. Both sisters are back after lengthy injury breaks. Venus was playing her first event in five months since retiring because of hip and abdominal injuries during the Australian Open in January. Venus said she heads to Wimbledon with plenty of confidence as she targets a sixth title at the All England Club.
June 23, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (world rankings in parentheses) Venus Williams (3), United States vs. Stefanie Voegele (98), Switzerland The queen hasn't lost here since the third round in 2006 when records indicate she fell to Jelena Jankovic by 6-4 in a third set. It's clear by now that on that day they just counted up the score wrong. Andy Murray (3), Britain vs. Robert Kendrick (76), U.S. Kendrick led Rafael Nadal by two sets in the second round in 2006.
July 2, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES Women's semifinals; world rankings in parentheses: Venus Williams (3) vs. Dinara Safina (1), Russia Williams has played a brand of grass-court tennis so superb there have been moments when the stadium speakers ought to have played Mozart. Safina has conducted trademark raging battles with herself such that there've been moments when the stadium speakers ought to have played AC/DC. (Williams leads head to head, 2-1, with no previous Grand Slam meetings.
March 25, 2003 |
Venus Williams overcame eight match points but couldn't sustain a last-ditch rally and lost to fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy, 7-6 (2), 6-1, Monday night at the Nasdaq-100 Open at Key Biscayne, Fla. Shaughnessy fell behind, 3-0, and then began to dominate, whipping shots that put Williams on the defensive. Shaughnessy won the final four points in the tiebreaker, then raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set. Williams saved four match points in the sixth game, then four more in the next game.